PETA Protest Will Encourage Chester County Intermediate Unit to Embrace Humane Science Education
For Immediate Release:
September 18, 2018
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Downingtown, Pa. – On Wednesday, a “frog” will lead PETA supporters in a spirited protest urging the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) to pull the plug on its archaic animal-dissection program and embrace computer-based teaching tools instead. The protest follows letters sent by TeachKind, PETA’s humane education division, asking school districts and educational agencies such as the CCIU that acquired animals from Bio Corporation—a dissection-specimen supplier that PETA exposed last year—to end animal dissection.
When: Wednesday, September 19, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Where: 749 Boot Rd. (near the intersection of Southwind Lane and Boot Road), Downingtown
PETA’s video exposé of Minnesota-based Bio Corporation showed workers drowning conscious pigeons in a vat of water, injecting live crayfish with liquid latex dye to kill them, and discussing how frozen turtles shipped to the facility sometimes came “back to life” and were then refrozen. The company’s workers also kept dozens of dead cats’ collars hanging from a shelf as a “tradition.”
“Animal dissection teaches impressionable kids that living beings are disposable and downplays the fact that animals are often violently killed for these exercises,” says peta2 Associate Director Rachelle Owen. “PETA is calling on the CCIU to stop encouraging students to mutilate corpses and to implement superior digital-dissection programs and interactive simulations instead.”
PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on,” notes that non-animal educational tools have been shown to teach anatomy as well as—and, in many cases, better than—dissection.